Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica

There is no doubt that Costa Rica is the breeding ground of eco-friendly resorts and with this one in the line, even the most prejudiced one will accept this fact. The Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, a matchless one on this planet, is the whole new world of unique green experience. With its dynamic Arenal Volcano, charming surrounding rainforest, as well as appealing Tabacon Hot Springs; the resort is dubbed as the eight wonder of the world that is no less than an authentic paradise. When I was on my trip, believe me, I started giving this one some different names: The luxury volcanic hotel, the charming rainforest resort, and the mind-blowing hot spring sanctuary.

This 5-star luxury ironically co-exists with the nature so peacefully that one will keep on coming here again and again to especially explore the four natural elements: Arenal Volcano soaring from its rear, hot springs flowing from the side, rainforest flanking it for pure air breathing, and the productive landscape of the region of Fortuna de San Carlos. If such is the aura of the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, then it is natural for it to receive several honors. For those who don’t know, this naturally luxurious hotel has been included in the list of the world’s Leading Spas, Leading Hotels, Signature Travel Group, Conde Nast Traveler’s choices, and top 10 eco-spas on the planet by the magazine of the National Geographic.

You can reach here from San Jose by traveling for three hours.


There are 100 non-smoking rooms as well as 14 non-smoking suites at the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort. Among the different types of rooms, you can expect Deluxe Premium, Superior, Superior Premium, Junior, and Forest suites. No matter which one you pick, all the rooms and suites offer the basic amenities that ensure you a memorable stay via the virtue of comfort. The different amenities include Jacuzzi, hot water, safety box, phone, laundry, 42″ plasma TV,  AC, alarm clock, in-room massage, free movies, cordless telephone featuring the speed dial function, shoe shine service, umbrella, slippers, bathrobes for kids, wake-up calls, nightly turndown service, mini bar, Internet, iron & boards, DVD, hair dryer, laptop, fans, handicapped features, cable TV, luxury toiletries, coffee maker, and bathrobes. And yes, you also enjoy the partial vistas of the forest, garden, or volcano.


• Business center • Private parking • Gift shop • Souvenir shop • 24-hour room service • Concierge • Restaurants • Tour desk


• Cool gardens • Lagoons • Hot Springs • The Grand Spa with Jacuzzi in all 11 open-air bungalows • Nightly vistas of the flowing lava • Thermal river pools • Temezcal as a customary sweat bath with the aid of a resident shaman amidst the pools and rainforest to detoxify • Yoga Center • Gym • White water rafting • National park tours • Boat trips • Safari float • Hanging bridges • Rappels • Canopying • Volcano hiking tours


Special Indian-based Ayurveda menu, Tandoor menu, and special in-room dining are the specialties of the restaurants here. In short, you get to taste the local as well as international flavors along with some excitingly innovative touches. The eateries at the Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort are truly among the best ones in the La Fortuna area.

At Los Tucanes, you enjoy breakfast buffet via the several food stations that offer tropical juices, omelets, waffles, pancakes, cheeses, cereals, seasonal fruits, cold cuts, as well as some local delicacies like sweet plantains and tamales. You can also have a la carte order that include continental selections. Lunch and fine dining here features creative items with international blends so that you can savor the best of national fusion with specialties.

The Ave del Paraiso is famous for its a la carte menu including sandwiches and salads along with the resort signatures like the Indian Tandoor delicacies. At night, expect themed dinners whose specialties include spa cuisine, Ayurvedic meals, and Tandoor delicacies. The restaurant also has its bar where light items as well as snacks are offered along with a healthy menu.

A great sandwich menu is the specialty of the lobby-level Caña Brava.


Highway to Nuevo Arenal,

La Fortuna (from where you need to drive for 13 kms),

Costa Rica.


From $245 per night (without the tax).

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